Jul 23, 2012 6:23pm
Non-Dead, but also (Deep) Space Related
For those that missed it, NASAs Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena reminded us last month that the Voyager 1 spacecraft is 'soon' due to become the first human-made object to leave the Solar System. Launched in 1977, this is supposed to happen in 2015 or so.
While the Dead have taken us farther of course, aesthetically or whatever, no physical manifestation of their music can lay claim to going anywhere near as far.
But I gotta think it almost could have happened.
A committee was formed to decide what music would be included on a good ol' 33-1/3 record album that was bolted to the side of that spacecraft (complete with instructions on how to play it). Several classical compositions were put on as well as stuff from Chuck Berry and Blind Willie Johnson, among others.
Again this was '77. A bit before the bands appeal spread quite a bit in the mid-eighties. what with 70s teenagers becoming the 80s young professionals, the release of 'In The Dark,' etc.
I just have to think if this thing launched in say '87 instead of '77 a Dead-Head would have surely been on that committee and Poetic Justice would have been served big-time with a live recording of Dark Star included. Or at least excerpts of same.
Then again maybe not. They would have had to form a seperate committe just to decide which live version to select, and of course the idea of those folks coming to any consensus there seems like a ..... far reaching thing.http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/05/opinion/05ferris.html?_r=2&
EDIT: Link added.
This post was modified by Reade on 2012-07-24 01:23:00